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Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:34:25 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Parallella: bcrypt

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:35:05AM -0400, Yaniv Sapir wrote:
> FWIW, looking at the disassembly, it seems like the loop there spans over
> ~50 instructions, which means that it takes the order of magnitude of 50
> cycles (probably some stalls due to dependency are balanced with
> instruction multi-issue). If this is right, then unrolling the loop further
> will add marginal gain - as the branch penalty is 4-5 cycles.

Yes, marginal gain indeed - yet we should do it if we can.

Full unrolling lets us save not only on loop control instructions, but
also on updating of index/pointer variables (instead constant
displacements might be substituted into some of the load instructions).


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